What is Blended Value?

Icon - blended valueBlended Value is the delivery of both a social or environmental return AND a financial return. It’s a win-win that does not require compromise on either side of the social or financial equation.

Blended Value is a central feature in the way we think about and practise Impact Investment at TDi. Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson captured the underlying drive for impact investment in their statement “…the heart of the movement is the reorientation around blended value as the organizing principle of our work: using capital to maximize total, combined value with multiple aspects of performance” (Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, 2011).

“If impact investing is what we do, blended value is what we produce” (Bugg-Levine & Emerson).

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Maximising value while considering multiple aspects of performance means we no longer have to operate in a binary way, choosing for profit or not for profit, doing good or making money.

Instead it creates the space in which we can design approaches, solutions and organisations that can deliver positive outcomes on multiple fronts.

Listen to Paul and Bessi explain it here …

For more information see our Blended Value video series.


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